The Swedish Stilride builds motorcycles by folding parts – just like paper – from sheets of steel. This origami construction method offers all kinds of environmental and cost-saving benefits.
The Scandinavians literally started the thinking process of their electric One scooter by cutting out sheets of paper to form parts. If it works with scissors, paper and Pritt marker, it should also work with metal. Folding parts has several advantages. Stilride claims that the construction method produces 40% lighter end products. Furthermore, 70% fewer parts are needed, material costs are 20% lower and labor costs are even 25%.
The end result of all the folding by lasers and robots is the One scooter. It is good for a top speed of 100 km/h. It can travel 120 kilometers on a battery charge and has a maximum of 11 kW. The electric motor is nicely hidden in the rear wheel. According to Stilride, 20,000 people are already interested in the ‘folding bicycle’. Incidentally, with this trendy scooter, the question arises how hip the old but similar sheet steel frames from Kreidler and Zündapp are. Although origami bicycle part sounds hipper than pressed steel frame.
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